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and military strategy in afghanistan and pakistan. if confirmed, general dempsey, who currently serves as army chief of staff, will succeed admiral mike mahlon who will retire a the end of september. a democrat carl levin chairs the senate armed services committee. >> good morning everybody. the committee meets this morning to consider the nomination ofmo general martin dempsey to bethii chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. it was not long ago that general dempsey came before us for his nomination hearing to become ago chief of staff of the army. we welcome him back. thanks again for his 36 years o dedicated service to the nation and his willingness to serve asm the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. as we know from those decades of service, general dempsey is an exceptionally well qualified american soldier and leader.al we we were reminded of the last hearing, hell is also a proud we we husband, father and grandfathero huand,l dempsey, will you remain grateful for the sacrifices that you and your family have made over the years, for the devotion of your beloved wife and the military se
in the last four years, during the daunting challenges of the worse in iraq and afghanistan have been truly remarkable and the nation owes him our deepest gratitude. it is appropriate at today's hearing also to note the passing last week of former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, retired arm general john shalikashivili. his personal story is well known, rising from post-world war ii immigrant youth to chairman of the joint chiefs. his example of patriotism, leadership and selfless service to the nation and our armed forces inspired the generation that leads our military today. for those of us who knew him, we treasured his professionalism, his candor, and his deep love for america and our men and women in uniform. general denver mpsey's confirma will help the transition to president obama's new security team which have seen significant changes in the last few months. the next chairman will face demanding challenges, operations in afghanistan and iraq continue to at the same time the fiscal realities that confront the nation will put tremendous pressures on the defense department's bud
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in afghanistan during the transition to afghan security forces taking place in kandahar. it is picking up pace. >> thank you very much. still to come on gmt -- the countdown begins. >> with just one year until the opening ceremony of the london 2012 the olympic games, we will be speaking to not one but two olympic gold medalists. >> catholics in the vatican say ireland's prime minister was right to speak out about the child sex abuse scandal. criticism of the church's role in covering up sex abuse. >> the vatican is preparing an official reply to outspoken criticism of the church's handling of the sex abuse allegations as recently as 2009 a new irish government report. the news hit the headlines in italian newspapers. last week, the irish prime minister describes the church's behavior as absolutely disgraceful. >> growing up, many of us learned that we were part of a pilgrim church. today, that church needs to be a pennant church. >> the recall of the ambassador is highly unusual. a vatican official spoke of disappointment and surprise as well as regarded as excessive reactions by the governme
one of southern afghanistan's powerbrokers was killed today by a suicide bomber. the assassination of kandahar's mayor was the third killing in the last two weeks. the taliban has claimed responsibility for all three attacks. >>> libyan rebels received a diplomatic boost today with recognition from great britain. the conflict there in libya has gone under the public's radar recently because of more pressing economic concerns here in washington. but national cute correspondent jennifer griffin tells us -- national security correspondent jennifer griffin tells the nato mission is still unaccomplished. >> this is a video broadcast on libya state television tuesday of the pan am lockerbie bomber rallying support for libyan leader muammar qaddafi in downtown tripoli. the lockerbie bomber was released on compassionate grounds by a scottish judge two years ago, because he was reportedly dying of cancer. but he's still standing, as is muammar qaddafi, five months after the start of an operation the white house said would be brief. >> i said at the outset, this was going to be a matter of d
afghanistan but they are over in the other places, somalia and arabian peninsula? >> that's right. actually this is a testament to bin laden's plan for the al qaeda network. he created a more diffuse network after the united states began to crack down on al qaeda in late 1990s. you saw rise of al qaeda in north africa and al shaback in east africa. al qaeda in iraq done great damage to u.s. forces. the taliban was once a government but relegated to affiliate movement of al qaeda. what you have a is number of organizations sort of franchises of al qaeda that continue to grow and thrive while we have focused in on the core as we called it. now i think after the death of bin laden in early may, i think we were able to get a lot of intelligence. we've gone after a lot of the other high-level officials within al qaeda and obviously this drone campaign been ongoing in pakistan and some cases yemen, we've taken out something like 1200 fighters from al qaeda including senior leaders. jon: right. >> this is all good news. but again the ideology of radical islam lives on and so do these affiliate gro
sreenivasan. >> sreenivasan: the mayor of kandahar was assassinated in southern afghanistan today. a suicide bomber hid explosives in his turban, before blowing himself up inside a heavily-fortified government compound. it's the third taliban attack on an afghan powerbroker in the south in more than two weeks. the new u.s. ambassador to afghanistan ryan crocker said it's proof the taliban is so damaged, it can't carry out large-scale operations. he spoke today in kabul. >> they've had to kind of regroup and figure out what they can do and, in some cases, that has been assassination. we saw a very similar pattern in iraq. clearly, these are horrific attacks but they can also be interpreted as a sign of significant organizational weakness. >> sreenivasan: a taliban spokesman told the associated press the kandahar mayor was targeted for ordering the destruction of homes city officials claimed were illegally constructed. two children were killed during that demolition. the prime minister of norway today announced an independent commission will review how last week's twin attacks were allowed to
services committee. to be fair, the cost for the afghanistan and iraqi wars costs about $10 billion a month so the libyan war or not war is a lot less expensive but it is still money that is being spent each day. >>shepard: and now the british are talking about kicking out the libyan arch -- ambassador and i read that libyans are responding. what is happening? >>reporter: the ambassador, the libyan arch, switched sides early on and left the government and now he represents the rebels and, so, the united states has a different situation but the british have asked the rebels to send a new ambassador. they kicked the others out. the british have also recognized this trans national council as transitional, as the legitimate representative, and, now we hear that the rebels are saying that while saying two weeks ago that muammar qaddafi could stay if he retired they are saying they are rescinding that offer. take a listen to the chairman of the joint chiefs. >> we are generally in a stalemate although with the strikes overtime muammar qaddafi's forces are continuing to be receivers of additionaly
as a nonpartisan group, now come back and says it doesn't work. if you think we're going to be in afghanistan then, we're really in trouble. here's what's happened. the democrats are having a difficult time, because when you look at harry's cuts, for the first time i'm saying he didn't aceually cut. i expected smoke and mirrors. they will have a deal because mitch mcconnell and harry have done an arrange.together. the key to it, i come back to, is this commission. it's real important, that committee, because it's going to force a vote. >> bob, let's go back a couple days ago, maybe middle part of last week. you were outside smoking a cigar, going, we got a deal. o i'll tear you apart today. >> he had his monocle. fast-forward today, we still don't have a deal. we'll get a deal, not august 2nd. august 8th. you know what happens on august 8th. they go on recess all of them. if they don't have a deal, they won't be able to go back to their districts. they'll stay in washington. let me guess, august 7th or 8th we get a deal. real quickly, we take in $172 billion per month. you can take care of milita
calculated by saying if we don't stay in iraq and afghanistan for another 10 years, then how much money would that save? but that's not money we were going to spends anyway. what the rating agencies are looking for, is will there be real reform to even titlements. i think the only way we'll get that is the way speaker boehner has proposed where he pocket the savings for right now. take another run as the it in november or december and try to achieve the savings in entitlements all of us would like to see. march were talk to me about your feelings about the tea party across the board here. they have been basically holding the line and saying that they are not getting what they were elected to do. they are elected too basically carry out the kind of reforms you are talking about here. and they have been a real sort of dmoght wheels o -- a real soe wheels of this activity. >> don't lump everybody in together. members of congress are all over the board. different tea party grimes have different points of view. people elected in the last election feel chagrined they can't do it all. republicans in
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